William Steinberg

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William Steinberg

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30th Jan 2012




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William Steinberg


Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 15 June 1973

Heather Harper (soprano), Julia Hamari (alto), Sven Olof Eliasson (tenor), Peter Meven (bass), Wolfgang Marschner (violin)

Kölner Rundfunkchor & Sinfonie-Orchester, William Steinberg



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William Steinberg (1899–1978), a native of Cologne who spent almost all his career in the U.S., was known principally as Music Director of the Pittsburg Symphony (1952–76), which he made into one of the world’s leading orchestras, and also as the distinguished Music Director of the Boston Symphony (1969–72) at the end of his career.

He was celebrated as an orchestra builder, co-founding the Palestine Orchestra which became the Israel Philharmonic as well as helping one of his mentors, Arturo Toscanini, to form the NBC Symphony Orchestra. His other mentor was Otto Klemperer and, like Klemperer, Steinberg conducted and recorded Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler superbly together with a fondness for 20th-century works. Steinberg’s recording of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis has never been issued before on CD and is in excellent stereo.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Mass in D major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis"


Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria: Qui tollis

Gloria: Quoniam

Credo: Credo in unum Deum

Credo: Et incarnatus est

Credo: Et resurrexit

Sanctus: Sanctus

Sanctus: Benedictus

Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem

Gramophone Magazine

August 2012

“In Steinberg's Gloria, the choir's accent on 'hominibus' is just right: quiet, not overdone...Steinberg hammers out 'consubstantialem Patri' in fine style...Peter Meven intones the the opening to the Agnus Dei with gravitas.”

MusicWeb International

July 2012

“Steinberg impresses by keeping a firm hand on the tiller. Almost without exception I thought his tempi were judiciously chosen...Beethoven makes the most unreasonable demands on the chorus, the sopranos especially, yet the German singers never flinch and I admired the tenors who produce strong, incisive singing yet never force the tone”

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